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Crashing Other People’s Parties

Larry Fink (American, born 1941), False Men and their Makers, Studio 54, N.Y.C. – May, 1977, from the portfolio Social Context, 1977, Gelatin silver print on Fortezo paper, 14 ¼ x 14 ½ in., Hofstra University Museum of Art, gift of Susan and Steven Ball, HU92.68.14, © 2019 Larry Fink

The Hofstra University Museum of Art presents Other People’s Parties, featuring photography by artists such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Larry Fink, Danny Lyon, Mary Ellen Mark, and Andy Warhol. The exhibition, on display at the David Filderman Gallery through March 13, 2020, calls attention to social occasions and their highs and lows. What is it about other people’s parties that we find so intriguing? Is it idle curiosity or something more? This collection investigates the impulse to preserve party moments in photography, and the human desire to belong and live vicariously through others.

The public is invited to attend a free opening reception on Thursday, September 12, 4:30-6:30 p.m., featuring special remarks by Susannah Ray, Hofstra adjunct associate professor of Fine Arts, Design, Art History. The Filderman Gallery is located on the ninth floor of the Axinn Library on Hofstra University’s South Campus.

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), Jann Wenner and Francois de Menil, undated, Gelatin silver print, 10 x 8 in., Hofstra University Museum of Art, gift of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Inc., HU2008.2.119 © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Inc.

“While the photographs in this exhibition predate social media, and hand-held technology, they capture our innate human desire of seeing and being seen, and therefore feel totally contemporary. The exhibition really invites visitors to take a moment to stop and consider our obsession of following, liking, and tagging other people’s pictures,” says Kristen Rudy, Collections Manager and curator of the exhibition.

Karen T. Albert, Acting Director of the Museum and Chief Curator, says that photographs – like those in Other People’s Parties – comprise almost a fifth of the Museum’s permanent collection, which features more than 5,000 works, spanning more than 3,500 years. “The Museum relishes the opportunity to share this rich and unique resource with the community.”

Additional specialized programming planned in conjunction with Other People’s Parties includes:


Thursday, October 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Smartphone Photography Workshop

David Filderman Gallery, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, Ninth Floor, South Campus

Learn the basics to create beautiful photographs using your smartphone. Cliff Jernigan, PhD, associate professor and chair, Department of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations, Hofstra University, leads this workshop. Limited to 12 participants. Advance registration is required. Free and open to the public.


Saturday, October 12, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Family Fun with ARTful Adventures

Emily Lowe Gallery, behind Emily Lowe Hall, South Campus

Adventure into the world of mystery and magic found in photography. Then, create a snapshot from an imaginary party. For children ages 5-10 with an adult companion. Advance registration is required. Limited to 15 participating children per session.

Fee: $10 per child per session when prepaid ($12 when paid day of the program).


For more information about the exhibition and associated public programs, call (516) 463-5672 or visit the Hofstra University Museum of Art website.

The Hofstra University Museum of Art has been awarded the highest honor a museum can receive, continued accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). Approximately 3% of museums nationwide have earned this distinguished recognition. Accreditation certifies that the Hofstra University Museum of Art operates according to professional standards, manages its collections responsibly and provides quality service to the public.

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